We now have Guadalupe Permits!
Hello all. Things went smooth today at the landing. We got in first, pre 5:30 AM and we had our peops on by 7:30 with our last climbing aboard before 9:00 and we were gone. Gone to the bait receivers. I was sure of what we were going to get. Straight 2 day old sardine. I told everyone we'd be fishing our way down to the wahoo grounds. It's hot water down there so I didn't want to bring that bait down there too soon in case it would all die. But things were different at the receivers. They had that little mackerel we got a couple trips ago. So we loaded up with that because I'm pretty confident it will live good in that 80+ degree water down below. So as of now, we're headed straight down to the wahoo/tuna/yellowtail/dorado grounds. At least we hope it is. We'll start down there and if we have to work back up to make a catch we will but hopefully we can just make a trip of it down below. So that means we travel today, tomorrow, and arrive the following day hopefully by mid morning. We'll see what kind of speed we make.
Today was nice. We hauled but in the morning, but after getting bait and putting her on course, the rush was over. We have been fishing the first day out on every trip since early August, so this is quite the treat not fishing today. We love to fish over here but just relaxing, not having to rush to get the seminar done and rushing to get the loaner tackle out was really nice. I took a nap. It was pretty cool. I'm showered, rested and just sitting here writing to you folks.
Thank goodness for slow speed. Even though we got a really good jump yesterday, we weren't going to be getting anywhere down below till late tomorrow. Our speed was horrible. 1.5 knots below average. But we sped up this morning. Yup. This morning we were only making .75 knots below average. That all costs a whole lot of time when you're traveling great distances so we decided we'd have to be stopping short. So that's what we did this afternoon, arriving at 4:30.
Wow! It didn't take long before everyone had a tuna on. And they weren't those 8-14 pounders either. There were some of those, but the majority of them were those 20-30 pounders. I say again, "wow". It bit steady the whole time we which is a couple of hours. During the stop, I had tied a few hooks and cast a few baits out, you know , like we do, and quite a few times the hook would fall off and I would scratch my head and ask myself, " are my knots failing"? They weren't. It took crew member Justin to spot a wahoo flying out of the water to figure it out.
So we wound them in and threw back the marauders. Before dark, which wasn't long, we had a little binger for 5 and then one for 1 50 pounder. Say it with me now. "Wow"! We aren't going anywhere tonight. We'l just kick back and see what the day has to offer.
My buddy Glen caught the 50 pound wahoo today. Every year for a while now he has been the last member of the little troll team that I like to call, " the troll of shame" That's the last few people on board who have not yet caught a wahoo. He will not be joining that team this year. Nope. This year he can join the heckling party. He get's to see what it's like from the other side. Way to go Glen.
Drew and crew
Wow! What a day. 2015! We started it off early on anchor. The sun wasn't even up yet and we were catching tuna and wahoo. For about an hour there on anchor we were gettinum. We had about 30 of those 25-30+ pound tuna and almost 20 wahoo before an hour. Things slowed so we pulled anchor and got nasty. We had a couple other bingers for wahoo for about 10 each time, and of course we would catch that big tuna during those drifts. After that though, us and the 3 other boats that were here pretty much had the wahoo caught for the day. There was a few left to be had but we mostly caught that tuna up to perhaps 40 pounds the rest of the day. Not wide open. We're not "fixed up". Just steady for most of the day. Before dark we started "the troll of shame". I've never done that the second day of the trip. We got 2 passengers out of there and still have 2 or 3 left who haven't caught a wahoo yet. Oh they had there chances. Some of those guys on that team lost 4 or 5 skin today. But that's wahoo fishing. Sometimes you eat the bar, and sometimes the bar eats you.
We're going to try this again in the morning. I would love to get 40 or 50 more tuna and a couple more handfuls of wahoo. That would be epic. After the morning hit we're going to make a run and try for some yellows in the afternoon.
Drew and crew
Well today didn't go like we were hoping. We didn't catch anything on the anchor in the morning like we did yesterday morning. So we thought at least we could get our 3 wahooless passengers a skin but that didn't happen. There were quite a few boats trying. We already caught a bunch of tuna the last couple days, so we stuck with the plan and got out of there way and left to go fish yellows. That was a bust. There were three of us looking around and none of us caught much. Just a few handfuls of yellows was all. So we decided to take off after lunch and we put it on course for Alijos Rocks. We'll be there tomorrow morning and our plan is to catch some more wahoo. We'll give it at least a full day there and maybe even another halfer. Hopefully we have the place to ourselves there tomorrow. We did get one really nice hoo during our travels this afternoon. It was about 65 pounds. A trip maker for the young Darrel. You'll see it later on the website when we put it up. Take care now.
Drew and crew
It was raining wahoo around the Polaris Supreme today. It wasn't raining wahoo on the Polaris Supreme, just around it. We scratched out a good day though. I told myself if we caught 40 wahoo today, it would be worth the run down here. We caught 46. It felt like we should of had 200, and with all the fish we lost today, that might not be an exaggeration. We're just 5 shy of 100 for the trip. If you add up all the halves and heads we wound in today, we might have a hundred. The sharks were really bad out here today. You wouldn't have wanted to go for a swim. I say it was raining wahoo today because they were flying out of the water most everywhere you looked chasing flying fish and such. It was an awesome sight to see. I have never seen anything like it in my 15 years of long ranging.
We've really put together a very nice trip so far. I wouldn't mind a little more tuna and some yellowtail. We've left the stones and we're now headed up for the remainder of the trip. We're going to check out the baja coast tomorrow in search of all the species and get in position for the rest of the trip as well.
Drew and crew
We're going to go ahead and chalk this one up as a travel day. That's pretty much what we did today. Starting last night. And it was a rough one. As soon as we got a couple hours northeast of the stones things got a bit windy and the boat started to rock. Not good sleeping weather. We got through it though. Even Chef Mike got breakfast out without too much whining this morning. Things started to smooth out a couple of hours prior to arriving to our fishing hole. Our fishing hole didn't prove to be very productive though. So we traveled up. That's something you have to do on these longer trips when you fish the Rocks or the Ridge. It's a long way down there. So we caught a few wahoo on our travel day.
Unfortunately the weather picked back up this afternoon and we've been scooping waves over the house steady since 3:00 or so. Right now I turned it down swell for dinner because we have a couple hours to kill. We're going to head back up to our tuna/wahoo honey hole from the beginning of the trip and hope for good weather. Just two days left to fish on this trip.
Drew and crew
Well we had some action today. We fished our wahoo/tuna honey hole. It wasn't red hot but we made some drifts and caught some fish. Our last couple schools we saw before lunch didn't react so we took a tour. We found some tuna a couple hours into the tour. The bigger ones. The 25-35 pounders but we weren't ready. Some were napping or lounging. It hit us quick. Everyone that made it out hooked up but it didn't last long. We got on a couple of more deals after that but they were smaller fish. 12 pounders so we continued on our tour. We looked for yellowtail in the afternoon but like everywhere right now it seems, there wasn't any current.
The weather straightened out for us today. It was nice again. We have one day left to fish and we want to do it catching yellowtail. The elusive yellowtail. That's usually the fish we don't have trouble finding but we've struck out this trip on them thus far. We have about 30. We want more so that's what we'll do. From where we'll be fishing we can fish until lunch but then we have to hit the road for home.
Drew and crew